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The Earth Song Analysis

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Kansas MacKay

on 7 January 2015

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Transcript of The Earth Song Analysis

Literary Devices &
Rhyming Scheme
Artist Background
Michael was in Austria when he became fed up with the suffering of Planet Earth. He then dropped everything and wrote the "Earth Song"
He had helped write many other inspiring enviromental songs like: "We Are the World" to aid the poor in Africa.
Throughout his career, Jackson wrote many inspiring songs like: "Man in the Mirror" & "Black or White"
Earth song is still #1 on the UK Michael Jackson billboards
It is thought that Michael writes such motivational songs because he was whipped and verbally abused by his father Joe Jackson.
Brief Song Clip
Earth Song by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Translation & Analysis
The Earth Song Analysis
By: Kansas and Anjali
Extra Pictures
Personification: "This crying Earth, this weeping shore,"

When an animal, object or force is given human personality traits.
Earth's don't cry.
Shores don't weep.
Therefore these lyrics are examples of personification.
Allusion:"What about all the peace, that you pledge your only son"

Reference in a story to a statement, a person, a place or an event from literature, history, religion, myth, politics, sports, science or a pop culture
"Pledge your only son" refers to God
God is a person from religion
Therefore theses lyrics are examples of allusions
Symbolism:"What about sunrise, what about rain"

A person, place or thing that stands for itself and for something beyond itself
Michael Jackson explains/asks listeners what are we doing to protect our enviorment
Michael clearly believes in saving the environment and stand for that.
He is standing up for the environment because ecosystems cannot speak for themselves.

Rhyming Scheme
Artist: Michael Jackson I
Born: United States
Main Performances: North America (World Tours)
Important Event at Time (1995): Major climate increase, bad air pollution, 90% ecosystems damaged.
Verse #1
What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine...



Michael Jackson is describing the important aspects of life, that thrive through mother nature and the environment.
-We have all this new technology, but we are not focussing on saving the environment.
-Human society is destroying our ecosystems and eachother in wars.
-Everything in our world is being destroyed and people are not doing nothing about it.
Verse #2
What have we've done to the world
Look what we've done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son...
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine



Michael Jackson is pointing out what human society has done to the enviroment and Planet Earth.
-Our society is destroying our Earth through manufacturing, Global Warming.
-We try to protect our Earth, but the truth is money and profit is more important to some than the environment.
Aaaaaaaah Ooooooh
Aaaaaaaah Ooooooh
Message: We believe that these lyrics describe the pain Michael was feeling while writing this song about the environment. Air pollution and Global Warming risks increased in the year 1995, when Michael wrote the song. He was suffering for the Earth and wanted to raise awarness through the song.
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